The rule could also hurt Division I-A schools such as some members of the MidAmerican and Big West conferences, which have upgraded their schedules and increased their revenue by traveling to play major-conference opponents.
BU Pulls the Plug
For most of the last two decades Boston University was a Division I-AA power, reaching the playoffs five times from 1982 through '94. Four years ago the Terriers went 11-0 in the regular season and advanced to the quarterfinals.
But BU has gone 4-27 since upsetting Army during the 1994 season, and a 28-7 loss to crosstown rival Northeastern last Saturday stretched the Terriers' current losing streak to 11 games. Afterward, BU officials announced that the football program would be disbanded after this season's finale, on Nov. 22, at James Madison.
It was an easy decision. BU will spend $3 million on football this season and bring in $90,000. "It is a sad day for football," coach Tom Masella said, "but I believe this is a sign of the times."
The Terriers plan to increase funding of women's athletics by $500,000 and add 23 more scholarships for women.
Hold That Tiger
A year ago Auburn's offense was penalized 20 times for holding—10 in the two games officiated by referee Mack Gentry's SEC crew, 10 in its other 10 games. Last Saturday, when Gentry & Co. called the Tigers' 26-21 defeat of Arkansas, Auburn was flagged for holding four times in the first half, six for the game.
After the game, Tigers offensive line coach Rick Trickett, a former Marine, chased Gentry and the other officials and gave them his opinion of their work. He then offered his critique to the press. "I've got something I want to say," Trickett said. "That was a horrible job of officiating." Whatever punishment the SEC doles out, it's likely he won't regret complaining.